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Siemens creates renewable energy engineering jobs

Technology giant Siemens has confirmed it is to create 340 jobs in renewable energy, with most to be based at a new engineering centre.

The new renewable energy engineering centre is being constructed on Princess Parkway in south Manchester and will be the first facility of its kind to be built outside Germany, Siemens revealed.

The design and construction of systems which would transfer offshore windfarm energy to national power grids will be the focus of the work, which Siemens said is a result of the “buoyant market” for High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) systems.

John Willcock, of Siemens Transmission and Distribution, said: “The UK’s Round 3 offshore windfarms will be sited much further out to sea than previous developments and so will need HVDC technology to overcome the power losses that occur when bringing electricity ashore over longer distances.

“Strengthening our UK expertise in HVDC is, therefore, central to Siemens’ strategy and will help us maintain our leading market position in the UK.”